January 31, 2018

Needing Productivity… Even In Winter

As I confessed in this post, I am a doer rather than a relaxer. In my mind, taking it easy on the weekend consists of a list of projects that I can tackle one by one, my satisfaction growing with each crossed off task.

Last fall, while gearing up for the colder months, I took stock of my ever growing To Do List and pulled off all of the inside activities.

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January 29, 2018

Practical (and Fun!) Winter Storm Supplies

It might be 43 degrees outside with no snow in sight, but it’s actually the perfect time to prepare for our next big winter storm. Do you have a store of water, food, and firewood? What about flashlights and backup batteries? Diapers, medicine, and toilet paper? Do you have a hand-crank radio and cell phone car charger? How about art supplies for the kids?  A knitting project or a new book?

Each year the area experiences at least one winter storm that closes train lines and roads — and if you’re prepared with food in the refrigerator,

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January 26, 2018

How I Hygge

By now we are all familiar with the term hygge, right? A crackling fire, candles flickering in the dusk, friends gathered round drinking wine and playing Cards Against Humanity all while a light snow falls outside. Sounds like a great way to while away the winter months, right?

For some. While I can appreciate some time spent flipping through shelter magazines and sipping tea,

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January 19, 2018

Identifying and Preventing Ice Dams

Ice dams are a winter nuisance that worsen when exterior temperatures undergo large fluctuations, and that’s just what we’ve been experiencing. But weather isn’t the only cause — often there are inherent structural or system elements of a home that set the stage for a roof full of ice dams.

But…what’s an ice dam, you ask?

Ice dams are a ridge of ice that mostly form on the lowest portion of your roof that prevent melting snow and ice from properly draining.

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January 17, 2018

My Gas Fireplace: Easy, Convenient and 100% Hygge

On the list of all things hygge, almost at the top right below candles, is a crackling fire. Picture yourself on a chilly winter afternoon: bundled in cozy clothes, fuzzy slippers on your feet, a mug of hot tea in your hand camped out next to a roaring fire. Sounds like heaven right? Now imagine if all you had to do to achieve that roaring fire was turn a knob. Thats right, I’m talking about a gas fireplace.

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January 12, 2018

My Hygge Goals This Winter

Hygge: You’ve seen the term, the hashtag, and the retailer photographs of beautiful throws and accent pillows advertising the curation of cozy spaces. Hygge is all around this winter, but don’t get pulled into the commercialization of it. It’s way more than a living room filled with candles and cozy blankets.

For me, the concept means the creation of a meaningful, enjoyable life filled with connections and intention. I want my days to always feel cozy and special,

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January 10, 2018

Our Favorite Snow Shovels

It is January here in SOMA and winter is in full swing! The wind is blowing, the snow is falling and my thoughts have drifted to the exciting topic of snow removal. A New Englander at heart, I have done more than my fair share of shoveling. As kids, my brother and I used to roam around our neighborhood with shovels, digging out neighbors for a well earned $20. While no longer so enthusiastic about snow removal,

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January 09, 2018

Winter at Home

Snow days, hygge, messy mudrooms, and ice melt all mean winter, and we at onGrove couldn’t be happier that the season is upon us. There is something so yummy about winter if you give in and let the season inform your schedule and your level of activity. After all, there’s only so much to accomplish when coziness beckons.

So, for the next six weeks my dear pal and blog partner Sarah Gee and I will be chatting all things winter survival at home.

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